The Chaffee Democrats Holiday Party will be on December 15th from 4pm – 7pm at the Liar’s Lodge, 30000 CR 371, Buena Vista, CO 81211 and will feature a delicious catered dinner, live music, and awards presented for Democrat of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Rising Star. We can’t wait to see you at the party and celebrate all of our amazing 2018 victories with everyone.
Candidate for Chaffee County Commissioner, Kimberly Parker celebrated her Grandmother Betty
Winter’s 100th birthday this past summer in Montrose.
Kimberly Parker, Democratic candidate for Chaffee County commissioner, looks you straight in the eye, shakes your hand firmly, listens carefully and weighs what she says before she speaks. Observe her and you pick up her work ethic, a clear, articulate intelligence and a grasp of the issues shaping this county.
Her campaign stance is known. She has worked on affordable housing issues for the past two years as chair of the Chaffee County Housing Policy Advisory Committee. She calls herself a strong advocate for human rights and economic opportunity. Her grasp of healthcare issues and how they affect families appears substantial. What is less known about this self-contained professional is what made her who she is today.
“I’ve used my experience to work on issues in Chaffee County, and I look forward to working on other important issues like childcare, housing and senior services,” said Parker.
Parker is a long-time Coloradan whose family goes back many decades in San Miguel and Ouray counties. Her 100-year-old grandmother lives in Montrose.
Her resume includes a degree in information systems from the University of Colorado-Boulder, followed by professional roles as a technical support engineer with Sybase Inc. and owner and lead IT consultant for Synergistics LLC. In 2010 she returned to CU-Boulder, advancing through multiple roles in technology at the university, including research data manager, continuous improvement manager and project manager. During that time she was selected for a two-year, system-wide University Perspective Leadership program.
Jeannie Peters, Salida School Board Member-at-Large
On Thursday, September 27th, the Chaffee County Democrats held an open forum on several 2018 ballot initiatives. Fifty people attended the event and listened to informative presentations on several statewide and local ballot measures. Cindy Williams, Board Chair of Central Colorado Conservancy spoke to Chaffee County Ballot Issue 1A, strengthening forest health and conserving working ranches and farms. Commissioner Keith Baker presented on Chaffee Ballot Issue 1B, restoring authority to the county to provide high-speed internet. Chaffee Fire Chief Robert Bertram spoke about Chaffee Fire Protection Ballot Issue 6A, Gallagher Revenue Stabilization.
Chaffee County Commissioner Keith Baker
The attendees also heard from Jeannie Peters, Salida School Board member-at-large concerning Amendment 73, Great Schools, Thriving Communities, and Majorie Gray from the Chaffee League of Women Voters who presented on Amendments Y and Z, creating an independent, nonpartisan redistricting commission for both congressional and state legislative districts.
Finally, Commissioner Keith Baker provided an overview of Proposition 109 and 110, the two ballot measures aimed at raising funds for transportation projects.
Chaffee County Fire Chief Robert Bertram
After a lively question and answer session, the Chaffee County Democrats voted to endorse all three Chaffee County ballot issues, 1A, 1B, and 6A. “These pro-active ballot measures offer good sense solutions to the challenges we will face as our county continues to grow in the next several years. We strongly encourage our members to do their due diligence researching these measures and be sure to cast an informed vote in the upcoming general elections.”
Our inaugural Big Tent BBQ was a smashing success, and featured great food, our candidates, and entertainment by the talented Salida Circus. I want to thank everyone who attended and the all the volunteers who contributed so much to make it happen. It was an important fundraiser for the Chaffee County Democratic Party in this crucial mid term election year. Everyone was able to hear from and meet our Chaffee County, State, and Congressional Democratic candidates who gave inspiring and compelling speeches. Our well qualified candidates and their teams are working hard but they need your support. Volunteer today!
Susan K. Shepherd Chair, Chaffee County Democrats
Dianne Primavera, Lt. Governor Candidate
Senator Kerry Donovan listens to constituent
Candidates Kimberly Parker, for Chaffee County Commissioner, and Stephany Rose Spaulding, for U.S. 5th Congressional District
Salida Circus performs
Susan K. Shepherd, Chaffee County Treasurer Candidate
July is a VERY busy time for us at the local level. For the first time ever, we will be having a booth at the Chaffee County Fair & Rodeo! All of our local candidates will be staffing the booth during different shifts with their literature and yard signs. However, the Fair is a long
Kimberly Parker serving meals at Chaffee County Fair
multi-day event, and we need more help staffing the booth. We are asking volunteers to commit to a 2- 3 hour shift, and to be available to chat with visitors, distribute literature, and spread the progressive message. We are prioritizing staffing the booth during prime time hours that coincide with popular events (CPR rodeo, etc). The shifts are as follows:
Wed. July 25th 5 – 8 pm
Thu. July 26th 5 – 8 pm
Fri. July 27th 5 – 8pm
Sat. July 28th Noon – 4 pm
Sun. July 29th 1 – 3:30 pm
Please respond to Chair Susan Shepherd at [email protected] if you can commit to one of these shifts. It’s easy, fun, and makes you look skinnier, I promise!!!
Susan Shepherd- Chaffee County Treasurer Candidate